My dream configuration is a guardhouse/lobby or something with package bays and a bathroom/drinks fridge/tv/wifi for delivery personnel. I'd love to give my UPS/FedEx/USPS/Uber/Lyft/etc. drivers a great place on their route to use the bathroom, take a break, potentially eat their lunch, etc. when delivering packages to me. Doing this as a business is easy, but it would probably work for a gated community or apartment complex, too.
Plus I imagine for branding reasons these boxes would be highly visible and more visible than most packages would be.
You give me a subtle box that can be opened by UPS, FedEx, USPS, and Amazon Logistics and I'm game.
I'm only half kidding.. the amount of insulated packaging waste from when I had my Gobble (one of those cook-it-yourself food deliveries) subscription was one reason why I cancelled it.
You can order the box right now and have the setup ready by the end of the week https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JXRFFJM
This wouldn't work for an individual that just wants a secure private box at their home for Amazon to deliver packages.
Basically thieves will follow Amazon delivery trucks and watch where the packages get delivered.
This solves the drop-package in an unsafe location problem. Why drop shit on your porch when you can drop it into the safer trunk of your car, wherever it is?
Brilliant idea, they're really hammering at the problem.
Once cars are even smarter, they'd go to a Amazon hub while you're sleeping/at work and pick up packages for you of course. Without the effin' carton around it, no need for all that garbage.
Mock all you want, Amazon is at least trying.
Honda will only let you fold down the seats if you already have the trunk open (to solve the evil-valet problem).
Subaru will only let you fold down the seats from the cabin (to... stop people from escaping out of the trunk, I guess?).
I'd be more worried about someone breaking the glass to get into the trunk than vice versa, so the arrangement seems the most logical.
Problem was some perp had worked out they had all left their laptops in the company car a large number of which where hatch back's when they all came out a number of hatch backs windows had been smashed and the lap tops nicked.
Works for classic sedan style csrs if they have no access through the seats (but most do these days.)
Doesn't work for hatchbacks, SUVs, etc., where cargo and passenger compartments are not separate.)
Users may have more peace of mind knowing that OnStar, On Call, and other services can restrict unlocking to only one part of the car (like the trunk), limiting the access that a courier has
Or maybe as a distraction for Walmart , which copied the in-home version.
Or a dog walker being able to use an Amazon access to open the door to get your dog.
I think Amazon wants to go anywhere consumers will let them but they realize people are going to be very reluctant and some people will never be ok with it but they must think enough will for it to be worth the R&D.
I've been throwing around an idea where condo residents can sign up to be a package hero and accept deliveries on your behalf... maybe even deliver to your door on demand. Is there a reason this doesn't yet exist? Just trust or something else?
It requires buildings to sign up though. There are also services like Parcel Pending that solve this problem.
I think fraud might be tricky. If my neighbor steals my packages, what do I do? Doubt the carrier's insurance would apply.
A parking lot is a much denser cluster of delivery points than a neighborhood of three family houses and packages get stolen from locked cars less than from doorsteps (well maybe not in SF).
Edit: I'm not disagreeing about the creepy factor. This could be abused fairly easily. I expect that it's a matter of time before they sell access to the data set (which will probably include a picture of the license plate and the package sitting inside the car) to some authoritarian state (I'm betting PA, MA or TX) who will then mail a citation for every equipment violation they see. Building your own data set to do this wouldn't be worth it and wouldn't pass public scrutiny but when you can just buy someone's data set it's easy.
There's plenty of other legally white but ethically gray when done at scale things you could do with a data set that will likely include a smartphone-res picture of the interior of somone's car.
On the other hand. This opens up an option for people who live in one state but work in another to exploit differing laws to their advantage (tax, shipping restrictions)
This analysis aligns to what I know about how Amazon rolls out new products and features. There was an A|B test of this, and the option they're rolling out saved a ton of money.
I wouldn't use either service since my porch is relatively secure and packages can be left out of sight -- I have a porch-cam, but have never lost a package to theft.
I don't think I'd be comfortable giving Amazon the ability to unlock my house, but maybe my car. For that matter, I wouldn't want any kind of cloud-connected lock that gives any remote unlock capability. I do have an electronic keypad lock, but I like knowing that it can only be unlocked locally.
I did this on my father's 2008 GMC Sierra and we replaced it with a BlueStar bluetooth adapter. It works flawlessly and mimics OnStar functionality down to muting the radio and stopping A/C fans for voice control. It's far nicer than most aftermarket Bluetooth mods.
It would have to be a car with a trunk, vs. a SUV, if left parked in a place like San Francisco, though, due to risk of theft by third parties.
Viper is the only one I know of that's similar aftermarket. But still, that's about as common now as aftermarket head units.
Best use case is if you've gone for a walk or have more cars than people and then what, your car in your driveway becomes a glorified 5 figure oversized mailbox?
Call me paranoid, but I feel like the real reason is this:
>On the day of delivery, customers can check if their car is parked in-range of the delivery location in the Amazon Key app.
That implies to me they'll have access to your cars location, which is information they can use for targeted ads.
That said I am the IT/Electronics tech for a small machine shop. Most of us here have items we order come to work.
My office has a procedure where all incoming packages are held and checked for the loading papers and then matched to outstanding purchase orders. If there is no paper on the outside, the box is opened to find one.
While I'm not a fan of the car idea, my office isn't exactly compatible with receiving personal packages so I can see an avenue for something like this.
> That implies to me they'll have access to your cars location, which is information they can use for targeted ads.
I think you greatly overestimate how useful this is for targeted ads. And keep in mind that Amazon isn't really generating revenue from ads. They sell stuff and AWS.